It was payback time for Pitman High on Thursday when the Pride hosted Atwater High's volleyball team. The Falcons had defeated Pitman at the Golden Valley Tournament a couple weeks ago and head coach Kristen Pontes and her girls wanted to show Atwater it was a fluke; that they were the better team.
Atwater's girls tennis team was no match for Turlock High on Thursday. The Falcons fell 8-1 with their only win coming by way of their number three doubles team as the Bulldogs (4-0 CCC) remained undefeated on the season.
Turlock and Pitman High met at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on Wednesday in the first athletic matchup between the rival schools this fall, but you wouldn't necessarily know that from watching the girls on the course. Although the Bulldogs and Pride have developed a tradition of heated competition on the basketball court and football field, the golf course has proved to be cordial ground between former elementary and middle school classmates who focus more on the game rather than cross-town tension.
It is safe to say that Delhi (1-3) has been struggling on the football field these past few weeks. The Hawks continued their losing streak as they fell to Waterford (3-1) 61-20 Friday night.
Denair High spent the majority of Monday afternoon chasing the soccer ball - and their Delhi High opponents - as the Hawks controlled the field of play and the match's tempo. The Hawks (3-0) traveled to the Coyote's stomping grounds in search of their third Southern Athletic League victory and it didn't take long to forge that goal into reality.
It was an exciting match between Delhi High and Denair High to begin the 2012 Southern Athletic League volleyball season on Monday. The Coyotes hosted the Hawks in what was sure to be an interesting matchup, but few could have foreseen the back and forth, five set competition that unfolded. In the end four points separated the winner from the loser as Delhi snatched a 3-2 (25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11) victory form Denair.
Hilmar High is still trying to put the pieces together in the Trans Valley League. The Yellowjackets' personnel woes led to a 1-7 loss to Riverbank High on Monday, continuing their trend of ineffective defense.
Turlock High earned its first league win of the season on Monday, defeating Golden Valley High 3-0.
Pitman High's number one and three singles player Britney Leon and MacKenzie Nordahl are fighters on the court. They have shown the ability to both dominate opponents and overcome obstacles to claim victory, but they are only two players on a team of 12.
Turlock Christian quarterback Chase Gonzalez passed for 214 yards in Friday's gridiron matchup with Stoneridge Christian to lead the Eagles (2-1) to a 35-27 victory.
It was destined to be a long Friday night for Denair High when they hosted Summerville High in the third game of the season.
Ask a young athlete what it takes to succeed in a sport and they might reference physical ability and talent. Pose that same question to a coach and you're likely to get a different response; an answer regarding competitive desire and will.
The boys water polo team of Pitman High did well last season, finishing in the upper tier of the Central California Conference. This year the Pride hopes to return to that position but to do so they will have to rally their team around first year head coach Ryan Bullard and transition into his new system.
Turlock Christian High has been known to warm up slowly on the volleyball court, a characteristic that can sometimes take the air out from under the Eagles' wings. Such was the case on Thursday when TC hosted Le Grand High. The Bulldogs took advantage of the slow starting girls of TC, claiming victory in straight sets (14-25, 21-25, and 17-25).
So far so good for Pitman High's volleyball team who bested Golden Valley High 3-1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-20, and 25-20) on Thursday to start the season 2-0.
Pitman High entered Friday's home game against Downey High with a team characterized by its youth. With only two returning starters from last year's squad and the bulk of its roster comprised of juniors, the Pride knew that the Knights, back-to-back winners of the Modesto Metro Conference title, would be a difficult challenge to overcome in their season opener.
Turlock High began the 2014 football season the way every team hopes to -with a win. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto to face Enochs High and came home with a tight 25-20 victory.
Denair's volleyball team has been through a rough patch the last three years, but 2014 is a whole new season.
Ty Pettigrew's girls golf squad has won three of the last four Valley Foothill League titles, and the Hilmar Lady Yellowjackets are looking to make it four out of five after the 2014 year concludes.
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